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9 WTF Body Shamers of 2013

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Another year, another group of jerks with nothing better to do than think about other people’s bodies. Since we’re rapidly winding down on the year, we decided to aggregate a few of the most WTF instances of body shaming from 2013.

Looking back, all of the fat and thin shaming that went down is just as disheartening to observe retroactively. Body shaming is a weird way to pass the time. I personally can’t imagine feeling so negatively that the mere sight of a human body would lead me to scrutinize it and then waste my time constructing a takedown.

Sure this motley crew said and did notably body snarky things, but it’s really more of a list of people who need to get a grip next year:

1) Fit Mom- Fit Mom seems like a cool woman and her body is amazing, too bad she had to go and be such a dick to other moms. There’s nothing wrong with FitMom’s bod or lifestyle, but there is something wrong with thinking that people who don’t look like her are making up excuses and that they even want to look like her in the first place.

2) Howard Stern- This guy’s bread and butter is being a prick. When he said some awful stuff about Lena Dunham, she took it in stride, but what else is a funny gal to do when they get attacked?

3) Fat Shaming Week- Those idiots from Return of Kings and their pathetic band of internet cronies weren’t the worst fat-shamers or body shamers; they would have been if they somehow were better at bullying. Their playground insults were pretty embarrassing, but the end of the week it was clear that these people were just losers, some functionally illiterate, all annoying and ignorant. Their efforts were a little funny, but the fact that a week devoted to body shaming even existed is so distressing.

4) Karl Lagerfeld- We get it, Karl–you’re an eccentric jerk. Everyone is fed up with his incessant fat-shaming, so a women’s group in France is finally taking him to task.

5) Abercrombie & Fitch- The trashy-preppy brand did a whole bunch of plus-sized people a favor by refusing to make their tacky abominations in larger sizes. Too bad the CEO had to be such a dickbag and body hater. The company started doing so badly that they will now include more sizes.

6) Lululemon- The founder of a brand of fitness clothes thinks fat ladies’ fat thighs are responsible for problems with the fabric Lululemon uses. He was an a-hole and the internet freaked out on him.

7) Justin Bieber- Anyone who is still under the impression that Justin Bieber is anything more than a shitty little hasbeen must not know that he reduced a fan to tears by calling her a whale and mocking her body.

8) Photoshoppers of the World- Another year of creepy airbrushing, missing limbs, skin lightening, bone shaving, organ removal and body hatred. Godforbid anyone see pictures of a real human being. Luckily, even celebs are calling out instances of egregious photoshopping.

9) The Daily Mail- On any given day, the Daily Mail has at least a few posts snarking on women’s bodies. Remember when they thin-shamed Lea Michele when she was grieving the loss of her boyfriend? Gross. They thin-shame, fat-shame, insult weight loss and gain, cellulite and anything else they can scrutinize. Here’s just one recent and egregious example, so recent that it’s from today.

Maybe when we ring in 2014, we will see fewer and fewer body-shamers and everyone will be free to be as thin or fat or flat chested or reptilian as they want to be.

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  • Sara

    If someone is capable of making you feel shame about your body, there is probably a reason. If you really loved your body you’d take care of it.

    • elle

      Can we please make this number 10?

    • Joanna Rafael

      YES!

    • Joanna Rafael

      Not everyone thinks like you. I do take care of my body, but people can still make me feel bad about it. Are you under the impression that even models and professional athletes never feel bad about their bods?

    • fat womyn are useless

      In other words, you are a fat feminist.
      You live to be mocked and for no other reason.
      Someday your morbidly obese carcass will was ashore. Then we’ll have to deal with you, but not now fat feminist.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Hopefully you’ll stay in your mom’s basement and no one will ever have to deal with you.

    • anna

      google “model body image issues”

    • awesome man

      google fat feminists that nobody will phuck.

  • Ronin

    Hahaha I love when fatties get angry. Cry more, please

    • Joanna Rafael

      I’m both not fat and not crying, but I love it when illiterate losers comment on blog posts!

    • awesome man

      Are you so not fat and crying, fat feminist doosh ?

    • Joanna Rafael

      What?

  • Harkness

    Instead of making an article bringing people to more fat shaming articles and spreading it around, couldn’t you have just written an article about ten easy exercises to lose weight?

    • anna

      But what if women/me/people don’t want to lose weight, they just don’t want shit about their bodies? I’m happy with my body, I’m pretty slender by most standards (not that it matters) but that doesn’t save me from the incessant screaming from the media that women need to constantly need to be losing weight.

    • Harkness

      That also happens to be counterbalanced by a ‘fat acceptance’ movement. Should fat people be turned into second class citizens? No, but what we need to recognize now, by and large, is that this is primarily a health issue.

      No-one’s really pushing for everyone to accept that smoking is beautiful,and we’re certainly aware that there are people who have factors outside of their control, but our poor understanding of proper healthy eating and exercise is leading to a epidemic.

      In Australia, we’ve only recently been passed again by America and New Zealand as the fattest nations per captia, and it’s not because we’ve been leading the way in healthy eating and exercise.

    • anna

      That’s their health issue though. I’m pretty sure they know the issues by now, and am able to make the decisions for themselves. So it’s really they’re buisness. People choosing to be fat isn’t effecting me in anyway, shape or form. It is doing nothing harmful to anyone except that person, and they have full rights to look anyway they want. You say fat acceptance like it’s a bad thing, if people want to be fat then let them be fat, it’s not hurting you.

    • Harkness

      Fat acceptance is a bad thing, though, because it’s promoting an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle. And that eventually affects our country, as well as increased medical costs, which can trickle down to us through tax.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Not being a dick to fat people is different from promoting an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle!

    • anna

      That’s their choice though! If they want to be unhealthy who are we to say anything? The only problem I have with anyone is if they’re hurting others, especially a child (promoting a child’s unhealthy lifestyle when they are too young to make a choice)
      Also, I know it’s far less then the population, but what about people with just bad genetics? I have a thyroid disorder, and it made me gain weight. I enjoy being slender, that’s my personal preference, but i went from being a pretty skinny 115 to 125. I exercised constantly, ate only kale and yogurt, and then nothing. Lost no weight. Finally gave in and ate normally I’m still 125.
      That’s no where near the issue of obese people with thyroid disorders, but it’s sometimes impossible to lose the weight. Why do people want to make it worse than it already is? People know they’re overweight, and they either don’t care or feel horrible. Why rub it in constantly?

    • anna

      (meant for all in discussion, not just joanna)

    • Joanna Rafael

      :)

    • laugh at fatties

      Because after all, what you have to say is most important to everyone. Everything isn’t about you moby.

    • Joanna Rafael

      I could not care less about what other people do with their bods. I hate that it came across that way. I think allowing people do what they want without shaming them is important and there’s a big distinction between letting people do their thing and this insane idea that fat acceptance means we are TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE FAT AND UNHEALTHY AND ALL THE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO DIE OF FATNESS.

    • anna

      I meant it more for harkness but replied to you as an agreeing voice! Then it turned into a rant and i realized you may think it’s for you. (love your writing, btw.)

      It’s just… so many people telling others what to do with their body. Yes, some people are fat. It’s incredibly ignorant to assume that they don;t know that being fat is unhealthy. Whether it’s a genetic disorder, lack of exercise, bad diet, THEY REALIZE THAT. Why are us “slender” people in charge of telling them how to treat their bodies?
      I mean jesus, I’m an organic vegan whose attractive by conventional standards and I still drink and smoke and do crappy things sometimes. If I actually think I;m in a position to tell people how to live their lives better, I’m in BIG trouble

    • laugh at fatties

      You are borderline morbidly obese.
      One wonders when you will be washing ashore…..

    • anna

      You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Who let you have a computer?

    • Harkness

      Setting aside the asinine ramblings of “laugh at fatties”, the percentage of people who are fat because they have a medical condition and the percentage who are fat just because are very different, and it’s the latter which is growing every day because of our sedentary lifestyle.

      http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Why-people-become-overweight.htm

      There’s a chart some way down on that article that shows how, as we started embracing a sedentary lifestyle, the obesity percentage increased. That would seemingly balance out hereditary factors like genes or medical conditions.

    • anna

      Rant over, sorry for the soliloquy!

    • Harkness

      But creating a new super sized ‘plus size’ modelling industry is. I’m not advocating being a dick about it; I think we have our wires crossed when it comes to how we define fat acceptance.

    • laugh at fatties

      Being a dick to fat womyn is fun and positive motivation. Being a dick to feminists, fat or otherwise, is necessary.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Your life must be a real bummer.

    • laugh a fatties

      Yeah everything is always about you, eh fatty ? Get over yourself. If it didn’t matter, you wouldn’t have brought it up. Nobody wants you, ever, except maybe to poop and pee in your mouth. Which you would enjoy, so they won’t.

    • Joanna Rafael

      I write tons of articles about exercise. Most Fridays, I link people to workout videos they can do at home. Plenty of people exercise and are still shamed for their body. People are shamed for being fat, thin, too muscular, not muscular enough. No one wins.

    • Harkness

      True, but there’s a metaphor being spread around the internet for exactly this kind of scenario; yes, these articles can be hurtful but in sharing them you’re just spreading them around, helping them go viral. It won’t do anything to remove the posts or help people feel better. Best case scenario, everyone who looks at it through your blog just gives it a moment’s notice, agrees that it’s horrible, and leaves it alone.

      That being said, interesting looking articles on home exercises.

    • laugh at fatties

      It’s better to shame the fatties. More fun as well. Most womyn do not deserve to live, fat womyn absolutely do not and should not.

    • Harkness

      See, it’s the lack of proper spelling, sense, or logic that makes you worse for the point I’m trying to make.

  • ClementinaKaminski

    what WTF Body shamers of 2013?

    http://vivexinrejuvenating.tumblr.com/

  • awesome fatty attacks

    Return of Kings, fat shaming week was awesome. Fat feminists bleating on about being, fat feminists. We should poop and pee in their mouths for the destruction they, feminists, have done to this nation.